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Senior Web Designer Salary (United States)

Senior Web Designers in the United States usually make around $65K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $43K and hits $95K on the high end. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Web Designers (63 percent) are men. For the most part, Senior Web Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$43,986 - $89,334
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $64,763
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Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$16.56 - $61.53
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,986 - $89,334  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,784  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,202 - $95,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 838
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.56 - $61.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$26.33 - $58.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,784  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,202 - $95,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.
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Senior Web Designer Tasks
  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer

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Senior Web Designers often transition into upper level Creative Director positions, where pay tends to be much higher. Typically, Creative Directors earn $81K per year. Career advancement for the typical Senior Web Designer often leads to becoming a Web Art Director or an User Interface Designer; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, User Interface Design, Design, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include MySQL, Dreamweaver, and HTML. It is often found that people who know Cascading Style Sheets are also skilled in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $66K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $60K. Senior Web Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $71K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $87K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Atlanta
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National Average
$65,000
Dallas
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With a pay rate for Senior Web Designers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries

National Average
$65,000

Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 19%
Design
up arrow 7%
JavaScript
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%
Graphic Design
up arrow 4%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%
Web Design
0%
Web Development
0%
National Average
$65,000
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%
HTML
up arrow 3%
PHP
up arrow 3%
Dreamweaver
up arrow 5%
MySQL
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%